Meet the Beach Celtic Clan!
The celtic blood runs deep and we were brought up with the love of family, heritage and music. When my Mum (Jemima Blackie Sutherland) knew she was leaving us, she said ‘please don’t mourn me, celebrate my life’. So every year, we have a ceilidh and a party and invite you - friends, family community members and new friends to join us for what has become a Beach tradition.
All Things Celtic Inc. is a registered not for profit that produces The Beach Celtic Festival. Our mandate is to keep the heritage alive of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh people who came to Canada while inviting all cultures to celebrate with us every year at a free event. The All Things Celtic Board is made up of:
A Beacher with a Scottish heritage steeped in her blood, one side from Edinburgh with the Sutherlands; Mum was a Highland Dancer and her Grandfather was Pipe Major Donald Sutherland (BWR). The other side, The Grahams were from Kirkintilloch, where Sandy’s other Grandfather, Peter Graham started life as a Quarrier Child or what is now known as one of The Home Children. Peter ended up building a home in the Beach and raising his family here so the roots have come full circle.
(Sandy’s brother) is the son of Mima Sutherland-Graham and Donald Arthur Graham. There has been musical influences on all sides of the family, Mum played piano at all the family parties, Uncle Murray (Graham) was a renowned performer/songwriter/pianist in his own right working overseas at the BBC and the iconic legend, Max Bygraves. Pipe Major Donald Sutherland would take his wee grandson to the Bleury Street Armouries to watch the band rehearsals of the Black Watch of Canada. A country recording artist in his own right, Don comes back to his Scottish roots yearly to celebrate his heritage.
A renowned journalist in his own right, Lenny was kidnapped and taken in by the Beach Celtic Clan a few years ago and we won’t let him escape. The name Stoute is originally from the Norseman and is a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, derived from the word ‘steadfast’. Steadfast he is indeed, coming back year after year, to get members to join as a Friend of the Celtic and write our wee blethers and press releases and other tidbits along the way.
This dancer, choreographer, and show producer ‘boldly’ goes where no one has gone before, combining traditional highland and step dancing in her shows, using traditional pipe music along with country and celtic rock. Meghan Bold is the driving force behind the Bold Step Dancers and also owns and operates the Bold Step Dance Studio. With legs that wind up at about 180 mph and a ponytail that usually does about the same, there is no mistaking a routine choreographed by Meghan. The Beach Celtic Clan has been planning our tactic of capture for years and we have finally cornered this elusive dynamo into joining the All Things Celtic Board – more power to us!
Another ex-pat from Montreal, Pat Beaven’s effervescent smile and personality can make a stone cold heart flutter. Pat has been dancing Highland from the age of 7 and is a holding card member of the BATD and SDTA. With extensive experience as a teacher, writer and actor, she used to coach children for competition and currently teaches classes for adults. Being a Highland Dancer when she was just a wee bairn Pat grew up spending time at the Bleury Street Armoury, being part of the Black Watch Regiment family. Pat brings her talent and creative input to the Beach Celtic Festival and our ongoing plans. Pat is our very own Pied Piper and she can be seen at the Beach Celtic Festival being followed by all ages, as she leads them in a true form of ceilidh dancing. Somehow she still finds time to dance, teach and perform in between all of her travels and this highland lassie is a huge asset to our Board.